A Passive House (or Passiv Haus) can be any type of building, large or small, residential or commercial - a home, an apartment, school, office or factory.
The Passive House aim is to create buildings that are warm, comfortable and healthy with fresh, clean air and with no mould or condensation while using very little energy for heating and cooling.
This is achieved by a “Fabric First” approach, focussing on the passive parts of the building envelope - superior windows, high levels of insulation in the floors, walls and roof - to get them performing very well. If we do this we don’t need to add a lot of active equipment and use a lot of energy to stop the building over heating or getting too cold.
Here is a video drawn by Hans-Jörn Eich that does a great job of explaining the main principles in both English and Chinese.
A downloadable simple diagram showing 'What are the differences between a Passive House vs Active House' follows.
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